National Campaign for Consumer Safety Begins Today!

Environment and health groups across the country have launched a new campaign for consumer safety.  Using a list of over 100 chemicals of concern, groups are targeting major retailers to reformulate consumer products.  The full list of chemicals (including BPA, PVC and others) was sent to 10 companies yesterday along with a letter signed by […]

New Report Finds Toxic Flame Retardants in Children’s Nap Mats

A report commissioned by the Center for Environment and Health and co-released by the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow finds chemical flame retardants in children’s nap mats. Our sister organization, Silent Spring Institute, has also conducted research on flame retardants. They found these chemicals in the house dust of most homes sampled, often at levels […]

In The News: Johnson & Johnson Cleans Up Its Act, Seventh Generation’s Response, and Big Chem

No More Tears: Johnson & Johnson Cleans Up Its Act and Removes Carcinogens Living Green Magazine – August 20, 2012 – Prompted by growing concerns raised by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson makers of Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, announced today that it will be removing carcinogens and other toxic chemicals from […]

Plastics Guide

Confused about plastic? If the number in the triangle is a 3, 6, or 7, skip it. Number 3 plastics are easy to remember by the 3 letters PVC (or vinyl). This plastic often contains lead, cadmium, phthalates, and DEHA – all of which are toxic to humans. PVC makes the rounds, appearing in toys, […]

Pharmaceuticals in Products?

By Erin Boles, M.S.W., Interim Executive Director Did you know that BPA was originally a pharmaceutical?  Chemists originally developed the compound to act as a synthetic estrogen, later replaced by DES – now a known intergenerational carcinogen – which was determined at the time to be a more “effective” estrogen replacement therapy.  As we know, […]